March 4, 2022

“The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe”

“The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe”

Happy March, Fictional Cafe Listeners! The month of March is known for quite a few things: March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Pi Day, Daylight Savings, but one of my favorites is International Women’s Day. And who better to represent women but a tough-as-nails, galactic gumshoe who who doesn’t take sass from anyone? Written by Thomas Lopez and produced by ZBS Foundation in 1982, “The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe” is a podcast of a tough, intergalactic detective at the heart of this expansive storyworld, where sci-fi meets film noir in the style of Blade Runner, but with a unique blend of slapstick comedy, cosmic consciousness, and stunning sound design. In this third season – a fan-favorite and great introduction to the series – Ruby traverses space and time as she investigates a…

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February 18, 2022

“Carl” by Liz Bartucci

“Carl” by Liz Bartucci

Happy Friday Fictional Cafe Listeners, it’s the week of Valentine’s Day, and if you are already sick of the candy and hearts, here is the perfect episode for you. Presenting 2013 Award-winning episode “Carl” by Liz Bartucci. It’s night, it’s Valentine’s day and we are on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere (or is it everywhere?). Join Jeff Cannata as Aaron and Conrad Allan as our title character CARL as they hit the road on a journey that is, shall we say, “Golden.” Carl is spending the first Valentine’s Day alone after his divorce and wondering who would want to spend any time with a miserable person like himself. And then he finds someone who does want to spend time with him. We hope you enjoyed this episode of “Carl” by Liz Bartucci. If you…

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February 13, 2022

Valentine’s Day 2022 at the Café

Valentine’s Day 2022 at the Café

Three of our Coffee Club Members Share Their Valentine Stories Thank you, thank you everyone, for sending us your Valentine stories! We baristas have read your work and have tried to select works which portray different human perspectives – this in these days of a seemingly endless pandemic which has darkly colored the Be My Valentine emotions for a lot of folks. Our first Valentine’s Day winner is Wiam Najjar’s short story,”Valentine.” Wiam Najjar is a writer at heart and a school principal in mission. She leads teachers and students then goes home to her sacred haven; writing. She’s been published in online magazines and writing blogs and was shortlisted in the 2018 Memoir Magazine #MeToo Essay Contest. You can check out her articles on MyDramaList and her blog WiamNajjar’s Haven. Valentine “Valentine, you forgot your coffee!” She turned…

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February 4, 2022

“My Amazing Woman” by James C. Taylor

“My Amazing Woman” by James C. Taylor

Happy February, Fictional Cafe Listeners! In honor of the holiday of love just around the corner, we thought you would enjoy a romantic comedy. Which is why we, your humble baristas present you with “My Amazing Woman,” by James C. Taylor. A newly-married Trevor Waring is ready to enjoy his honeymoon with his new wife, Anna Kat Waring, but she has another objective to accomplish. She needs to tell her new husband that she is the the famous super heroine, Amazing Woman. On top of that, the island they’re vacationing on is in imminent peril and Anna’s super team needs her help. Our favorite power couple has a crimefighting houseguest, as Penny (the Coin Wonder) separates from Millionaire Man! And lurking in the background is the notorious former criminal, the Queen of Clubs! Trevor Waring…

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January 28, 2022

“Armageddon: Black Dawn” by Terry Tibke

“Armageddon: Black Dawn” by Terry Tibke

Hey Fictional Cafe Listeners, it’s time for another fun adventure! This week we’re going to try something a little different: A novel that has been made into an audiobook that has been made into a multi-media story! Armageddon: Black Dawn is a novel published by Writer/Illustrator/Game Designer Terry Tibke, first released in 2009. This post is a revised version of the original book and a multi-media project with Illustrations, Music; and Voice Acting for each Character- With more art, animation, and music, this remastered version of Chapter 1 is a great starting point. As our story opens, Turim’s dragonrider Wing pursues the Dragon Army’s scouts into the Modukaz forest. Created and Written by: Terry Tibke Armageddon TM and its characters and story are copyright Terry Tibke. All rights reserved. Art by Terry Tibke All music…

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